rain affects satellite signals. They have to boost the signal many times over during storms. I don't know how much its improved, but even planes (and even birds!) would cause messed up transmission.
Cable is usually pricier. But at least you can just rent the equipment. I think the HD-DVR is 10$ a month? can't remember
also, a cable card for the frugal is about 2$ a month for basic channel service.
Again, however much rain, birds, planes can affect the signal, even with perfect conditions, every sat feed Ive seen looks poor. Its not even hi-def really, its more like SD+. There was, or is, a class action suit in LA against Direct TV for falsely advertising hi-def. It wasn't even close... they figured out a way to measure the bit-rate as well during the case. Hopefully their new satellites will improve this PQ, but I doubt because they are all about MORE channels, and WHO CARES about PQ.
Sort of like MP3 and Ipod. Give us MORE SONGS, and SCREW SQ>
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